Victory: An Island Tale
Victory was the last of Conrad's novels to be set in the Malay Archipelago. It tells the story of Axel Heyst who, damaged by his dead father's nihilistic philosophy, has retreated from the world of commerce and colonial exploration to live alone on the island of Samburan. But Heyst's solitary... show more
Victory was the last of Conrad's novels to be set in the Malay Archipelago. It tells the story of Axel Heyst who, damaged by his dead father's nihilistic philosophy, has retreated from the world of commerce and colonial exploration to live alone on the island of Samburan. But Heyst's solitary existence ends when he rescues an English girl from her rapacious patron and brings her back to the island. She in turn recalls him to love and life, until the world breaks in on them once more with tragic consequences. In this love story Conrad created two of his psychologically most complex and compelling characters in a narrative of great erotic power.This new edition uses the first edition text and includes a new chronology and bibliography.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Publish date: September 1st 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 333
Edition language: English
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, 19th Century
I do love Conrad and this book is one of the best up until the last few pages where the climax is both hurried and does not really work. The slow boil that happens in the rest of the work is fantastic. There is brilliant character building and Conrad takes a very informed walk through a few kinds ...
This novel from the beginning of the 20th century is not very engaging: it's the story of a Swede called Heyst living on his own on a island in South-East Asia who encounters a miserable young lady at a hotel on a neighbouring island. He steals her away from Stromberg, the lascivious and vindictive ...
bookshelves: published-1915, seven-seas, spring-2014, classic, fraudio, indonesia, psychology, adventure, bullies, casual-violence, gangsters, lifestyles-deathstyles, recreational-homicide, revenge, suicide, tragedy Read from March 13 to April 09, 2014 Narrated by George Guidell. Sometimes known...
So ist das mit den Fabulierkünstlern - manchmal übertreiben sie es und vergessen dann, dass ihre Figuren nicht nur schwafeln, sondern auch Handlungen setzen sollten. In diesem Roman ist das die größte Schwäche. So gut Conrad bei der Beschreibung der Natur und gesellschaftlicher Realitäten ist, so lä...
Like Nostromo, the pacing of this is slowish in the first half and picks up in the second half. Unlike Nostromo there is much less back-story in this novel. While the father of the main character is discussed and is important although dead, most of the rest of the characters have a history only wi...
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